In order to truly get to know a city, you must get to know its food. Lucky for us, we had a guide to help us do just that in Amsterdam. Danielle Siobhan—Life & Thyme photographer, retoucher, model and more—gave us an itinerary for a day in her neighborhood, Oud West.
Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 63H, 1054 BT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Uncommon Coffee is a café and roastery in the Helmersbuurt neighborhood that puts a spotlight on the producers they source their beans from. Its coffee selection is carefully selected by its team, and is paired with a pastry program that makes it hard to leave without indulging. “They actually have the best croissants in Amsterdam, I find,” says Siobhan. The minimalist interior offers a break from the bustle of the city and a space to gather with friends.
Ten Katestraat 34, 1053 CC Amsterdam, Netherlands
Founded in 1912, De Ten Katemarkt is an open-air market in Oud West. During its opening hours, shoppers weave through the stall-lined street browsing a selection of prepared foods, produce and beyond.
Ten Katestraat 16, 1053 CE Amsterdam, Netherlands
Just beside Ten Katemarkt sits Bar Centraal, a natural wine bar and bistro that is a favorite for locals. Open in the late afternoon well into the late evening, Bar Centraal serves a menu consisting of shareable small bites. Its wine menu is extensive as well, with selections for almost every palate. “I secretly want it to stay as secret as possible to just be my little bar,” Siobhan says.
Weteringstraat 41, 1017 SM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tim Van Grootheest and Mo Schuttel opened Restaurant Watergang in the Weteringbuurt neighborhood in 2019. You won’t find its menu online, however, with the restaurant preferring to keep it a surprise—but it does offer an ever-changing table d’hôte that draws inspiration from the seasons. The interior is intimate, with candle-lit place settings and wine adorning the walls. “You definitely have a feeling that you’re not in the city center,” Siobhan says of the restaurant. “I get a feeling I’m in an old French home, like a granny’s home. It’s very cozy, [or] as we would say in Dutch, gezellig.”
Levain et le Vin
Jan Pieter Heijestraat 168, 1054 ML Amsterdam, Netherlands
Natural wines line the windowsill at Levain et le Vin, a bakery and natural wine shop on Jan Pieter Heijestraat in Oud West. Guided by the vision of owner and baker Florence van Limburg Stirum, the shop specializes in sourdough baking, turning out goods from brioche to baguettes to kouign-amann. The wine program follows the same philosophy of spotlighting natural production processes, with the bottle selection coming from small vineyards that use low-intervention methods in their wine making. The store strives to minimize its footprint as well, eliminating the usage of single-use plastics and partnering with suppliers who are conscious of their impact on the environment.